Simply put: sleep training is teaching your baby how to fall asleep and back to sleep independently. Sounds funny, right? We tend to think of sleep as something that comes naturally. Exhausted parents can pass out as soon as their head hits the pillow. We wake throughout the night, roll over and fall right back asleep. We don’t even think about it and often don’t even remember waking throughout the night- but we do! The problem with babies is they do not have this same ability yet. Though they sleep a lot, they need to learn when (day vs night) and how to sleep.
Until they are developmentally ready to do so we assist them back to sleep. We will:
Nurse them back to sleep
Rock or sway them
Or simply hold them in our arms
Eventually though, they need to learn how to sleep without help from us- just like you’re able to fall asleep without anyone there to help you do it.
This does not equate to “cry it out” though you can go that route if you choose.
Within the first day of working with Shannon, my son was successfully giving me longer naps during the day and sleeping 11-12 hours overnight! She made his transition from two to one naps much smoother and I wish I would have contacted her sooner. My little guy is now getting more quality sleep and much happier overall. Not only is she there to help guide you but she is also very encouraging and just the moral support I needed during motherhood. Thank you Shannon!!
But another reason to feel good about your resting baby is that sleep also plays a critical role in infant brain development.While it looks like your baby is just catching z’s, the reality is that a tremendous amount of mental and physical development happens while they are asleep. An essential layer of fat called myelin forms around nerve fibers during sleep, and recent research shows connections between the left and right hemispheres of children’s brains are strengthened during sleep. These developments help brain functions mature. They also influence critical abilities such as language, attention, and impulse control.
Ah, the sweet sound of a baby sleeping soundly. You’re probably relieved when they fall asleep—
you can finally rest, too!
Brain activity during sleep has a direct effect on a child’s ability to learn and may even affect developmental and mood disorders. Simply put, sleep builds your baby’s brain. Furthermore, studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. According to Babywise, 2019, “children with healthy sleep patterns had higher IQs than children who did not sleep well. I think we can all agree that we want this for our children so let’s work together to make sleep a thing!
Sleep deprivation sends your stress hormones skyrocketing and impairs your ability to think clearly and regulate your emotions. If left untreated, it can be a tipping point toward depression or an anxiety disorder. Multiple published studies backed by evidence indicate that the chance of depression in women with poor sleep quality is more than three times higher than those with good sleep quality.
When mother’s do not get an appropriate amount of sleep it can end up hurting their health
and the health of their family. A baby’s health is directly linked to its mother’s health.
Not getting enough sleep is also linked to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. The best way to reduce all of these risks is by being proactive about getting help. When mothers are getting the sleep they need, the whole family is healthier- physically and mentally. Furthermore, teaching our children the importance of sleep starts with getting enough sleep ourselves. Let’s start making sleep a priority for mothers and their babies!